Field Experiences for Science Teachers

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Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience? Applications for Summer 2019 are now being accepted!

The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program. To date 13 Connecticut-based high school science teachers have participated in FEST.

To learn more about FEST, you can view a poster on the FEST program that was presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union,  or read a short paper describing the FEST program was published in Seismological Research Letters in 2017.

There will be two sessions of the FEST program during summer 2019: one during the week of July 22, and one during the week of July 29. To apply, please prepare a short letter of interest (1-2 pages) describing your background and interest in the program, and please indicate your availability during the weeks of July 22 and/or July 29.  Please send the letter of interest to Professor Maureen Long ( She can also be contacted with any questions or inquiries about the program. Letters of interest received by June 1, 2019 will receive full consideration; teacher participants will be notified by mid-June.